Nature Detectives

During the summer we continue on with work in our homeschool, but we always take a few weeks off and just enjoy summer. When we are working we do a shortened schedule and do not include all of our classes, we also do science in the summer because it is much easier to find different things we need to do science with when there isn’t snow on the ground.

Nature Detectives

For the month of July our schedule was even more crazy then normal with gymnastics classes 2 days a week and my mother in law coming to visit for the first time in 7 years (of course we enjoyed every last minute with her that we could), our oldest son needing surgery and bedrest for weeks before and after surgery.

When we were doing school we enjoyed our nature detectives unit from Mother Goose Time. As a family who really enjoys nature this was quite a fun unit you can head over and check out our rock splatter art creations that were so much fun for the kids.

Here is an overview of some of the activities that we enjoyed this month. We shared another fun art project we did earlier, rock splatter art.

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We brought out our microscope and had an impromptu lesson on how to use a microscope and rules with it. After we learned how to use it I gave the boys our boxes of microscope slides to look at. The boys used these on and off for many days before we put it away, they really enjoyed them. They also know how to properly use and care for the microscope 😉  . Here is the first set of slides we have, and here are the other ones.

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We went for a nature walk in our back yard so the kids could make a “guess what I am” book using what we found.

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Milkweed

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Log

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Dasies

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Dasies

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Grasshopper

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Catnip Flowers

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Bee

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Honey Bee

We made koalas that climbed a “tree” that Ethan made on the wall in the living room with real leaves.MGT-July-19 MGT-July-20 MGT-July-21 MGT-July-22

Adding the cotton balls was a sticky mess.MGT-July-23 Mother Goose time July

Our koalas climbed the tree to eat the leaves.MGT-July-25

We worked on making mushroom houses with small plates and cups. The boys painted the tops of their mushrooms and we let them dry overnight.
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They decorated their cups, and cut out a doorway.Mother Goose time July Mother Goose time July

Once the paint was dry they added their small white stickers to the top.Mother Goose time July

Here are both of the finished mushroom houses. Mother Goose time July

The boys put spikey bugs to live inside them.Mother Goose time July

After our ant race game they decided to have spikey balls and ants live in them.Mother Goose time July Mother Goose time July

Every month Mother Goose Time sends a game for the kids to play. This months game was Ant Race using plastic ants.
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Big brother decided he wanted to play with them.Mother Goose time July Mother Goose time July

Hot air balloons project was a little difficult to complete without my help, but both of them finished them up. They used their spikey balls as pretend people inside their balloons.Mother Goose time July Mother Goose time July

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Next month our topic is Aesop’s Fables and Folktales.

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Comments

  1. Your images are stunning Nicole. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

    • Tracy,
      Thank you for your kind words! Improving my photography was my big goal for the year in blogging. While I still have a lot to learn, I think they have come pretty far.

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